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Saturday, October 4, 2008
Beast Exclusive: The Stew Bradley interview

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

We had the good fortune to visit with Eagles middle linebacker Stewart Bradley for a few minutes Friday before he stepped into a team meeting. This is Bradley's first season as a starter, but he seems to be making the transition well. The Eagles have been excellent against the run, and the linebackers have been a major part of the success.

Bradley talked about how much respect the defense has for Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell. He said that defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has designed a game plan around trying to knock Campbell out of rhythm. He threw for 188 yards in the first half of last Sunday's 26-24 win over the Cowboys.

In an effort to pressure Campbell, the Eagles have 15 different blitz packages in their base defense and 11 more in their specialty packages. If you're keeping track at home, the Eagles are bringing 26 blitzes to this game. The normal team might not have more than five different blitz packages in their base defense. So how does Bradley remember it all?

"It was a little overwhelming at first," he said. "I think we had three or four different blitzes in college."

Bradley also talked about how important it will be to maintain the proper gaps against the Redskins, a team that loves running to the left. We call the Redskins a left-handed running team. Oops ... I'm boarding my flight to Philadelphia. I'll have more from Bradley when we land